[kwlug-disc] OT: Non-satellite alternatives to Rogers Cable?

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Mon Nov 7 09:32:25 EST 2011


Having discovered last night the Rogers pulled the plug on HDNET, I too
am front-burner-ing the search for alternatives.

With an antenna suggested on this list once upon a time by Andrew K. and
a cheapo amp mounted miles from the antenna, I can reliably get the
local channels, CBC from TO and CHCH from Hamilton.  Quite often
(ex-rain,heavy cloud, snow), channels from Buffalo are good too with
WNET(PBS) leading the way.  I have yet to tie this feed into my Myth
system, but I have been pleased with performance on the LG widescreen.

My questions would be best multi-tuner PCI(-E) ATSC capture card for
Mythtv? And suggestions for a decent UHF amp.



On Sun, 2011-11-06 at 14:50 -0500, Jason Locklin wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-10-25 at 09:26 -0400, Charles M wrote:
> > I've been thinking about just setting up some kind of automatic
> > torrent thing to go with our XBMC setup. But if there's another
> > solution that doesn't involve a dish we'd look at it. 
> 
> If you go with internet streams, digital over the air (DTV) provides a
> cheap supplement for local news and mainstream programs. In most of KW,
> you can get Global (Ch 6), CTV (13), and TVO (28) with nothing more than
> old-school rabbit ears. They are 1080i HD digital. I have an hdhomerun
> connected to a mythTV backend and XBMC for PVR functionality, but that's
> not necessary. If you have a modern flat-screen TV, most have a built in
> digital tuner, so you just plug in an antenna and do a channel scan. If
> you are at a high enough elevation in your apartment and face east or
> south-east, you may be able to get Toronto, Hamilton, and/or Buffalo
> stations, but that can be a challenge. See the DigitalHome.ca OTA forums
> for information if you want to try that. You can also put in your
> coordinates and elevation to tvfool.com to get an idea of what you need
> to pull in signals from those cities, but it's a very rough estimate.
> __
> Jason
> 
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